It appears this tool is more widely used than I'd realised - so rest assured it won't be going anywhere.
Thanks to those that got in touch.
The IMD Postcode search is a tool whereby the user can find the Index of Multiple Deprivation quintile group for a valid postcode. Please note the search currently only works for postcodes within England.
The following table shows the IMD score within each quintile group:
|Quintile group||IMD score range|
|1||≤ 8.49 (Least deprived)|
|2||8.5 - 13.79|
|3||13.8 - 21.35|
|4||21.36 - 34.17|
|5||≥ 34.18 (Most deprived)|
The NPEU IMD tool makes use of third party data and the NPEU does not guarantee the accuracy or integrity of the data.
The following datasets are used in the IMD postcode search:
Ordnance Survey Code-Point Open Feb 2013
Office of National Statistic Indices of Multiple Deprivation 2010
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2010
Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2010
Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2011